Description

This is my first PC build, I plan to get a GTX 1050 graphics card to put in this at some stage. This system was mainly for the experience of building a computer and being able to play some games on it and I plan to upgrade this in the future.

Overall it was very fun and I didn't run into any problems. I have a temporary Graphics card in there just so I am able to boot the system, it is a very old one and isn't powerful enough to run modern games.

+Please excuse the camera quality.

Part Reviews

Storage

Nice and fast - Boots windows very quickly.

Custom

Very nice looking and good to work in. It would be great if the front intake fans had a slightly bigger vent hole to make sure they're getting fresh air. Overall very pleased however I'd prefer expansion slots that need a screw to remove rather than just forcing them out.

Custom

Does the job, but if you are building a modern system and want to use this then you'll need a 4pin to 8pin adapter for the CPU and there are no PCIE cables for graphics cards so you will also need MOLEX to PCIE adapters too. Overall it does what i needed it to do.

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Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done. Although you could have used a Ryzen 2200G For slightly more which provides onboard graphics at about gtx 1030 standard.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I am rather curious what temporary video card you installed into the PC. Looks like a really old one that may not even perform as well as modern integrated graphics on other modern CPUs.

Hope you can afford your upgraded video card soon!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Very close to getting it, and yes it is old. I only put it in there just so I could boot the system.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

According to AIDA64 it's a ATI Radeon X600 256MB HyperMemory from 2005.

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

The 2200G is only able to provide that level of graphics performance when paired with dual channel 3200mhz or faster low latency RAM and overclocked to the limit it can achieve.

The 2400G paired with dual channel 3200mhz low latency RAM and a moderate overclock is roughly equivalent to a GT 1030/RX 550.

Setup like this you lose 30% performance from no dual channel RAM, and another 25% or so from the 2400mhz RAM even if you overclocked from that potential performance level, so there is no way you will ever get GT 1030/RX 550 performance levels without a complete rebuild.

APU look very good on paper and in reviews but in actual use the build has to be entirely focused around getting the best out of the integrated graphics or the performance scales down harshly.

Also the speed of the CPU is meaningless since they are not the same configuration.

The 1200 is a 2x2 using first generation modules with a 2x4mb L3 cache.

The 2200G is a repurposed mobile product using all 4 cores on the module but only has access to 4mb of L3 for all the cores.

Even though faster they trade blows at stock speeds depending on how much cache usage the programs use, they overclock similarly giving the 1200 an advantage as it has more headroom, and the 2200G runs a little warmer due to using thermal paste and a thicker heatspreader unlike the soldered 1200.

Sadly these days you need to ensure what you are getting is actually what it appears to be.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan to upgrade this as I go, thanks for the comment :)